Several Steps for Autism Awareness

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The seats were empty and so was the field.

But the stadium was full.

"We're out here to support my son Isaac and all the other kids that have autism," said Jill Bailey.

Hundreds of people wore blue at Haymarket Park Saturday afternoon for the annual "Walk Now for Autism Speaks."

They set off for a walk around the park at 2:00 p.m.

"As parents and as families of people with autism, we deal with it every day," said Bailey. "We just want to have time to come out and celebrate our kids and those that are affected by it."

Her son Isaac stood beside her, an eight-year-old with plenty of energy.

Bailey said it was great to see the amount of people that participated in the walk.

"A lot of times, if you're going through a struggle you may feel like you're alone, but just to see that other people are going through the same things is important."

Among these people was Governor Dave Heineman.

"This is awesome," said Heineman. "I think this is the biggest crowd we've every had, and the walk is aways fun for everyone who is involved. "

He said it's important to for people to know the challenges that kids with autism face.

"They haven't found a cure yet, but we're continuing to work on research," he said. "I just want everybody to be educated and understand how valuable these kids are."

Hear more from Heineman and Jill Bailey at 10.